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Ravens narrow search to two for offensive coordinator job

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Ravens narrow search to two for offensive coordinator job

Posted on 25 January 2014 by Luke Jones

The Ravens appear to be on the verge of hiring their next offensive coordinator after narrowing the search to two finalists on Saturday.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson was informed Saturday that he would not receive the job vacated by Jim Caldwell, who accepted the head coaching position with the Detroit Lions on Jan. 14. This leaves Ravens wide receivers coach Jim Hostler and former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as the remaining finalists for the job.

It was later reported that Wilson would not be returning to Pittsburgh’s staff and will instead join the Minnesota Vikings under new head coach Mike Zimmer.

Shanahan and Hostler were each interviewed for a second time on Thursday while Wilson met with Ravens officials for a second interview on Friday. Former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan was confirmed as a candidate earlier in the week by head coach John Harbaugh but did not receive a second interview for the coordinator job.

The 34-year-old Shanahan carries more experience as an offensive coordinator after serving in that capacity for six seasons split between the Houston Texans and Washington. The son of two-time Super Bowl champion head coach Kyle Shanahan was considered to be on a fast track to his own head coaching job prior to the Redskins suffering a 3-13 season last year that resulted in both Shanahans losing their jobs.

Meanwhile, the 47-year-old Hostler served as the offensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers in 2007, a season in which they finished last in the NFL in both yards and points scored. After being fired by the 49ers, Hostler was hired by Harbaugh and has coached the Baltimore wide receivers for the last six seasons.

Following the firing of Cam Cameron and the promotion of Caldwell to offensive coordinator on Dec. 10, 2012, Hostler saw an increased role in helping to develop the offensive game plan as the Ravens marched to their second Super Bowl championship less than two months later. He was also responsible for relaying calls to quarterback Joe Flacco from the sideline as Caldwell worked from the upstairs booth during games.

In addition to their offensive coordinator open, the Ravens must fill vacancies at quarterbacks coach, running backs coach, and secondary coach.

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Caldwell to complete another head-coaching interview with Tennessee

Posted on 06 January 2014 by Luke Jones

Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell continues to receive interest as a potential NFL head coach and will interview with the Tennessee Titans later this week.

After completing interviews with the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins in recent days, Caldwell will reportedly meet with the Titans about their open position after they fired Mike Munchak on Saturday.

Caldwell spent three years as the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts and led them to Super Bowl XLIV before joining the Ravens as quarterbacks coach in 2012. He received much praise for the job he did with the Baltimore offense in helping the Ravens win a Super Bowl after being promoted to offensive coordinator on Dec. 10, 2012, but his offense struggled mightily in 2013 as the Ravens finished 29th in total yards and 25th in points scored while also setting franchise lows in rushing yards and yards per carry.

Baltimore parted ways with running backs coach Wilbert Mongtomery last week, and some have wondered whether a change is warranted at offensive coordinator despite teams having interest in Caldwell for their vacant head coaching positions.

 

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Caldwell to interview with Detroit, Washington for head coach vacancies

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Caldwell to interview with Detroit, Washington for head coach vacancies

Posted on 01 January 2014 by Luke Jones

Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell has never shied away from the goal of once again being an NFL head coach, and it appears he’ll pursue that possibility in the coming days.

Multiple outlets are reporting that Caldwell will interview for the open head coaching jobs with the Detroit Lions and the Washington Redskins. Caldwell spent three years as the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts before being fired at the end of the 2011 season and joining the Ravens as their quarterbacks coach two winters ago.

Caldwell received much praise for the job he did with the Baltimore offense in helping the Ravens win a Super Bowl after being promoted to offensive coordinator on Dec. 10, 2012. However, his offense struggled mightily in 2013 as the Ravens finished 29th in total yards and 25th in points scored while also setting franchise lows in rushing yards and yards per carry.

Head coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday that he doesn’t anticipate any changes to his coaching staff for now but acknowledged the possibility of some assistants exploring opportunities for other jobs.

“There may or may not be some more things happening as the week goes on,” Harbaugh said, “and I’m sure some of our coaches could be a part of that, as far as opportunities go to move up and move on and to pursue career opportunities. We’re proud of that. I think we’ve had a lot of success here. The fact that we’re not pushing deep into the playoffs will probably give some of our coaches some opportunities to do that.”

Some have called for a change at offensive coordinator after the Ravens’ immense struggles on that side of the ball, but Caldwell’s track record in Indianapolis as well as his work late in the 2012 season make him a viable candidate for another head coaching job at some point.

A former Penn State assistant from 1986 to 1992, Caldwell’s name has also been mentioned as a possibility for the Nittany Lions’ head coaching vacancy after Bill O’Brien was hired as the new head man for the Houston Texans on Tuesday.

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The 15-7-0 is snowed in & drunk. And still more functional than the Washington Football Club.

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The 15-7-0 is snowed in & drunk. And still more functional than the Washington Football Club.

Posted on 09 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

15 positive observations from the weekend of football, seven not so positive observations and we acknowledge a “zero” from outside the world of football. A reminder, there’s never any Ravens game analysis here. We do plenty of that elsewhere. It’s a trip through the weekend of football via videos, GIFs, memes, pictures, links, Tweets and shtick.

The 15-7-0 won’t be right with every football observation we make. In fact, our goal is simply to be right roughly 75% of the time. Or in other words, about 70% more often than your local meteorologist of choice.

15 Positive Observations…

1. Matt Prater’s kick was so amazing that Nick Saban texted him afterwards to ask him if he had any plans Saturday. Of last week.

This was actually kinda awesome.

Seriously, Peyton Manning?

Jim Nantz and Phil Simms did this game for CBS. And then did this weird promo.

2. Auburn is playing for the National Championship. Fans gathered in Toomer’s Corner to celebrate, but after realizing the SEC title game didn’t involve a Hail Mary or a last second field goal return they decided it wasn’t really even worth reveling and instead spread out through the city to clean up liter and ask old ladies if they could use some help getting across the street.

Dressing up like some sort of angelic figure is probably a bit much-but I’ve seen the Tigers’ season. It fits.

This is your potential national champion?

THIS?

But then again, this guy won money for “throwing” footballs at halftime of this game-so there probably isn’t really any such thing as God.

3. Towson channeled their inner Jay-Z and treated their first FCS playoff game by going “On To The Next One”. They gave Fordham “99 Problems” and will now be “Big Pimpin’” in the quarterfinals. The Rams were essentially “D.O.A.” in the second half after the Tigers were able to “Change Clothes” and go. QB Peter Athens proved that he would “Run This Town” for at least another week and Terrance West got another chance to “Show Me What You Got”. And since there’s no way to organically work “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” into this post, I’m just gonna wrap up. I’ll just go ahead and assume you “Can’t Knock The Hustle”.

Eastern Illinois next. The Fighting Romos. At least I assume.

4. Drew Brees has now surpassed 50,000 passing yards for his career. Sadly he’s still stuck at 49,876 commercials for jeans and laundry detergent in the same span. But he’s close!

Jed Collins introduces himself on Sunday Night Football by saying “Jed Collins. Washington State. Class of 1862.”

Greg Hardy one-upped him.

You thought he made it up, but here’s Wikipedia.

Your thoughts, Rob Ryan?

5. Holy crap Frank Gore is still a thing? What’s next? You’re going to tell me Willis McGahee is still playing in the NFL? Haha…I’m kidding-I swear. Just having fun. Because we all know McGahee retired years ago obviously. Obviously.

Why is this GIF so great?

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Four things you can count on: Death, taxes, the 15-7-0 and Jay Cutler getting hurt

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Four things you can count on: Death, taxes, the 15-7-0 and Jay Cutler getting hurt

Posted on 21 October 2013 by Glenn Clark

15 positive observations from the weekend of football, seven not so positive observations and we acknowledge a “zero” from outside the world of football. A reminder, there’s never any Ravens game analysis here. We do plenty of that elsewhere. It’s a trip through the weekend of football via videos, GIFs, memes, pictures, links, Tweets and shtick.

You guys remember when the 15-7-0 was a fun time to gather ’round with family, tell tales and make fun of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins? Man…September was so great. Up yours, October!

15 Positive Observations…

1. I guess as it turns out, new Peyton > old Peyton. Oh and since we’re here, this is a reminder that the only Peyton to have ever been on the cover of Madden was Peyton Hillis. Hehe.

The Broncos WISH they had a better offense. Like…the Ravens’?

Also. The Colts’ punter is WAY tougher.

Also, Wes Welker’s catch didn’t suck.

2. As far as I’m concerned, the Towson Tigers are what’s happening in college football. Yes, the Towson Tigers. Nothing else. STOP FREAKING ASKING ALREADY.

Seriously. Don’t ask me about the other stuff. Just enjoy this.

3. Happy Monday. Florida State just scored. How was work today? Florida State just scored again. What are you thinking about for dinner tonight? Florida State scored again. Florida State scored again. Florida State scored again.

And also, Nick O’Leary put someone on THEIR ASS.

Your response, Tigers fans?

And here’s Kelvin Benjamin looking…EXACTLY LIKE A FLORIDA STATE RECEIVER.

College Gameday was at Clemson Saturday morning, happier times for Bill Murray.

4. The Bengals are in first place by two full games. If this particular 15-7-0 post were a meme, it would be the one with the guy with the hair saying “Aliens”.

And even with THIS?

And THIS?

But apparently AJ Green is ALSO good.

5. How was your Sunday? Mine was fine, you know, other than the watching Harry Douglas on my fantasy football bench and inventing knew curse words to scream aloud in response.

After the Falcons beat the Buccaneers, they sent a hazmat crew into the locker room because THIS IS WHAT IT’S COME TO IN TAMPA.

Perhaps the Falcons could have used a hazmat suit to cover Vincent Jackson.

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The 15-7-0 loves unicorns and show ponies but hates Tom Brady comebacks

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The 15-7-0 loves unicorns and show ponies but hates Tom Brady comebacks

Posted on 14 October 2013 by Glenn Clark

15 positive observations from the weekend of football, seven not so positive observations and we acknowledge a “zero” from outside the world of football. A reminder, there’s never any Ravens game analysis here. We do plenty of that elsewhere. It’s a trip through the weekend of football via videos, GIFs, memes, pictures, links, Tweets and shtick.

True story. Tom Hanks only took the starring role in “Captain Phillips” because he was turned down for a similar role in a movie musical version of the 15-7-0. We parted amicably after negotiations, so truthfully I have not cared for some of the things he’s chosen to say in the media during the blitz for the film. I’ll take the high road…as always.

15 Positive Observations…

1. Tom Brady’s final drive was so good Sunday it might actually HAVE involved unicorns and show ponies.

Yes, Tom Brady threw an amazing game winning touchdown…but…ummm…

Let’s check in with Rob Ryan for his thoughts.

Remember that time Brady played John Harbaugh to Julian Edelman’s James Ihedigbo?

Just a guess, but I’d imagine this didn’t happen after THIS play…

2. So long, Virginia. Will be awfully nice to not have to pretend to have any idea what a Wahoo is in the future.

We won’t miss you.

Boston College toyed with Clemson for awhile elsewhere in the SEC, I assume for this reason.

Further elsewhere in the ACC, Syracuse should probably get their medical experts on this.

3. I don’t know if I feel “good” for Penn State, but watching that game Saturday night made me happier than Dikembe Mutombo blocking a shot.

I made a trip to Pennsylvania this weekend to see the Coyotes ground the Flyers and was treated surprisingly well. I imagine Michigan fans probably got the same in their visit to the Keystone State?

In the loss, credit Dennis Norfleet for…survival?

Elsewhere in the Big Ten, Tevin Coleman is why Indiana can’t have nice things.

4. The Cincinnati Bengals are in first place by themselves. Reports say Satan got the better end of the deal.

Ladies and gentlemen, Gio Bernard.

5. Joseph Fauria > Christian Fauria > overpaying for EA Sports’ most recent underwhelming effort.

But we’re probably getting dangerously close to Fauria jumping the shark…

Remember when Brandon Weeden suddenly remembered he was Brandon Weeden?

I know the Browns lost the game, but is there really any loser when you attend a game and get to witness this?

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Unlike the government (or the Steelers), the 15-7-0 cannot be shut down

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Unlike the government (or the Steelers), the 15-7-0 cannot be shut down

Posted on 30 September 2013 by Glenn Clark

15 positive observations from the weekend of football, seven not so positive observations and we acknowledge a “zero” from outside the world of football. A reminder, there’s never any Ravens game analysis here. We do plenty of that elsewhere. It’s a trip through the weekend of football via videos, GIFs, memes, pictures, links, Tweets and shtick.

The original script for the “Breaking Bad” finale actually had Jesse yelling “read the 15-7-0, bitches!” in a dramatic last scene. Why they cut it I haven’t the foggiest…

15 Positive Observations…

1. Peyton Manning and the Broncos are doing what you did on Madden ’97 when you switched the quarter length from five minutes to ten.

In the process, Knowshon Moreno put together the least interesting touchdown celebration of all time.

Trindon Holliday is fun.

Let’s check in for Chip Kelly’s reaction.

But in the loss, Brandon Boykin did something a lot of football players have always DREAMED of doing.

And now, Matt Birk.

2. I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 25. Everything will be alright if Maryland beats FSU to keep BCS hopes alive.

But that test doesn’t seem so tough, right? I mean, all you have to do is slow down Jameis Winston…

Elsewhere in the ACC, Miami beat USF thanks in large part to the worst punt you’ll see in your life.

Further elsewhere in the ACC, North Carolina got embarrassed by East Carolina but what the hell they were wearing these so AWESOME.

3. Wait a second. West Virginia beat Oklahoma State? SAME WEST VIRGINIA?

Their performances are so polarizing that Dana Holgorsen is PISSED!

The Pokes might have lost, but they had swell helmets.

Elsewhere in the Big 12, Oklahoma got a big win over Notre Dame and Tommy Rees’ “mustache”.

4. The Washington Redskins beat the Oakland Raiders, which means that we can say with certainty that the Redskins are…better than the Jacksonville Jaguars?

The Raiders might have lost, but Naya Rivera from Glee (I’m not proud that I knew that either) is both really attractive and a big fan. She’s WAY more attractive than the Skins’ biggest fan-Dr. James Andrews?

At the game and not smoking hot? Him.

5. Speaking of “better than the Jacksonville Jaguars”, Matt Hasselbeck played in a professional football game Sunday.

The happiest three words in Indianapolis Sunday? No, not “showers not required” Merton. “Blaine Gabbert returns.”

This is a banner that says “I don’t enjoy my life.”

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The 15-7-0 goes back, goes back, goes back into the woods

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The 15-7-0 goes back, goes back, goes back into the woods

Posted on 23 September 2013 by Glenn Clark

15 positive observations from the weekend of football, seven not so positive observations and we acknowledge a “zero” from outside the world of football. A reminder, there’s never any Ravens game analysis here. We do plenty of that elsewhere. It’s a trip through the weekend of football via videos, GIFs, memes, pictures, links, Tweets and shtick.

In portions of the program that were cut for time constraints, the 15-7-0 won four of the seven Emmy Awards it was nominated for. Stupid good looking guy from “The Big Bang Theory”…

15 Positive Observations…

1. And in three hours, Brian Hoyer became the best quarterback the city of Cleveland has seen in a generation.

Here’s proof.

The whole thing is weird, because I had kinda expected the Browns to show their ass Sunday…

But if we’re being honest, the Vikings should be ashamed of themselves.

2. West Virginia tried to “go back into the woods” Saturday night but they were stuffed by Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil en route.

It was a hell of a day in Baltimore Saturday…

And if you haven’t watched this video…just…just wow.

Speaking of going back into the woods, there are rumors that a local radio personality posted a picture of himself having to use an outdoor shower at Bethany Beach this weekend…

Oh crap. Look, you’ll do a lot of stuff for a Grotto Pizza…

3. Miami, Louisville, Ohio State and Baylor all hit the 70 point mark Saturday. The Virginia Tech basketball coaching staff sent a group of researchers to each school to learn more.

Here’s an update on my Heisman Trophy rankings.

1-Teddy Bridgeovertroubledwater
2-Clemson QB Tahj Boyd
3-Jonathan Quincy Football Esquire
4-The guy who’s going to get to say “wait, you dated that loser AJ McCarron” to Katherine Webb next.
5-Alabama QB AJ McCarron

Right, because did you hear that Katherine Webb was single?

If the OSU Marching Band keeps up what they’ve been doing recently, they’ll end up on the list. Here’s Script Ohio in braille performed alongside the school for the blind…

In the Buckeyes’ win, Jordan Hall did something very smart with a ref…

4. Andy Dalton outperformed Aaron Rodgers Sunday. I am now scanning the interwebs for stories about bovine aviation.

The game winning score happened EXACTLY the way the Bengals drew it up…

Giovani Bernard also did things in this football game.

You guys know you’re on the same team, right?

And it was awfully thoughtful of Vontaze Burfict to perform an in-game cup check…

5. I haven’t checked the newspaper yet today, but I believe the Dallas Cowboys are leading the NFC East by something like 39 and a half games.

Their win over the Rams was pretty forgettable all things being equal. Just stuff like this…

The Rams WISH they were as awesome as the Browns…

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“The Reality Check” Final Regular Season Power Rankings

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“The Reality Check” Final Regular Season Power Rankings

Posted on 02 January 2013 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Kansas City Chiefs (32)

Okay, so no Josh McDaniels. Umm…Marty-ball?

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (30)

Mike Mularkey: “Are you sure you didn’t want to fire me?”

30. Arizona Cardinals (31)

I cannot believe they’re really considering hiring Todd Haley. OH.MY.GOD.

29. Oakland Raiders (29)

Now they get ready for their Super Bowl…the 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine.

28. Detroit Lions (28)

The problem for Jim Schwartz is that he’s a former defensive coach for a team that can’t play defense.

27. Philadelphia Eagles (27)

Yahoo! Sports’ Jason Cole tells us the Eagles could keep Michael Vick around if they hire Chip Kelly.

26. Cleveland Browns (26)

While the Browns’ first choice is the same Chip Kelly, no one’s first choice EVER has been the Cleveland Browns.

25. New York Jets (23)

QUARTERBACKS FOR SALE!!!!!!!!!!

24. Tennessee Titans (25)

Check back in with me in five minutes to confirm Mike Munchak still hasn’t been fired yet.

23. Buffalo Bills (24)

I think a Ken Whisenhunt/Russ Grimm combo would be a good fit there.

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (22)

Do you focus more on what went wrong? Or do you focus more on how to build off of seven wins?

21. Miami Dolphins (17)

At least they have a quarterback.

20. St. Louis Rams (18)

Are they as close as their record would make you believe?

19. San Diego Chargers (21)

If Peyton Manning isn’t in the AFC West, they win the thing and save Norv Turner again.

18. New Orleans Saints (16)

I’ll go ahead and assume they win 13 games next season.

17. Carolina Panthers (19)

By keeping Ron Rivera, they’d give up potential “most desirable location” status for coaches.

16. Pittsburgh Steelers (20)

If they had a healthy Ben Roethisberger for 16 games they would have won the division. Unless the Ravens had a healthy Suggs/Ngata/Webb/Lewis. I guess what I’m saying is that it doesn’t matter.

15. Dallas Cowboys (13)

What the eff do you do here?

14. Chicago Bears (14)

I’d want this job.

13. New York Giants (15)

“Hynocerous” is one of the Top 5 nicknames in football this year.

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The Reality Check Week 17 NFL Power Rankings

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The Reality Check Week 17 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 27 December 2012 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Kansas City Chiefs (32)

Who’s a fit here? Josh McDaniels?

31. Arizona Cardinals (31)

At this point I have to assume Whisenhunt is gone. Players openly bitching there.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (29)

I can’t wait until they go 7-9 next year and somehow make the playoffs with Tim Tebow as quarterback.

29. Oakland Raiders (30)

I ASSUME Dennis Allen is safe, but you absolutely never know.

28. Detroit Lions (27)

But that was at least fun to watch Saturday night.

27. Philadelphia Eagles (28)

Nice of them to give Michael Vick a farewell show.

26. Cleveland Browns (26)

I honestly wouldn’t want the job of having to solve this puzzle.

25. Tennessee Titans (25)

Jake Locker gets another year before he’s fully labeled a bust.

24. Buffalo Bills (24)

I really have nothing to say about the Buffalo Bills.

23. New York Jets (20)

HIGH-LAIR-EE-USS.

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (21)

I wish I had paid enough attention to the Bucs to know whose fault their collapse was.

21. San Diego Chargers (23)

“You think Jon Gruden would go there?” is the question you’ll hear most related to the Bolts in the coming weeks.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers (16)

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

19. Carolina Panthers (19)

Is the late push enough for Ron Rivera to keep his job?

18. St. Louis Rams (22)

They can finish ABOVE .500…

17. Miami Dolphins (18)

Please beat New England.

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